Post # 1
Chinese receptions tend to have 10-12 courses on the table. What do you do about centerpieces?
I found one example right here but I think it’d be pretty messy.
Should I forego the centerpieces and just place flowers around the room?
Post # 3
i recently went to two chinese banquet receptions..
banquet #1: they bought centerpieces but then they stayed on the table all of like 10 minutes before they were all removed to make room for food. then (if you can believe this), the waiters and waitresses started giving them away to their friends who stopped by~!!! can you believe that?? (they were also stealing the leftover favors…grr)
banquet #2: they realized there just wasn’t much room for centerpieces, so they just scattered a few rose petals on the turn table (not nearly as much as your picture) and that looked fine too.
hope that helps
Post # 4
I would honestly forego it. We had them for our engagement party and as small and slender a vase that they were. Ultimately people moved them. It was a total waste. Are you having a head table? Because my florist said she always recommends decorating the head table more and putting the money there than doing the tables.
Post # 5
Although I am not having a chinese reception in the traditional banquet halls, I am still catering a 10 course traditional chinese meal. I’ve simply just asked my florist to put my money towards decorating the space (we have pillars around the room, also hanging flowers on the chandeliers). Also if you think the tables will look too bare, one way of dressing them is renting really nice linens (also what i’m doing). it can be cheaper than having centerpieces that you’re going to move anyway and will look great!
Post # 6
I’m also having a Chinese banquet reception and have been thinking about the same problem. We’re leaning towards not bothering with floral centerpieces and just stacking our favors on each table as the centerpiece. Once dinner starts, the guests can just grab their favors to make room for the food! It’ll look something like this:
Post # 7
What about decorating table top and putting glass over it? I saw a cool example where the florist put large dark green leaves in a pattern, but I can’t seem to find the picture now. It’s more expensive though, but just a thought.
Post # 8
I am having a chinese banquet at a hotel. The waiter will serve the food from side stations to individual guest. So no main course in the middle or on the lazy susan. In that way, we can have a centerpiece with chinese 8 course dinner.
Post # 9
I will be having a 10 course Chinese banquet as well and will be limiting table decorations. A lot of the weddings I’ve been to at Chinese restaurants, the centerpieces are tossed aside and sit in the center of a table with a bottle of cognac and bottled sodas anyway.
Post # 10
Thank you for everyones suggestions! I think I won’t have centerpieces since they would have cost $150/each anyway. We are having a Chinese banquet but not at a restaurant so the place is going to be pretty nice any way. Thank you!